B is for Bewildered

What happens when Uncle Gerry goes to Thailand to backpack for the first time?

This is how the story goes, or as far as we can remember.

Uncle Gerry is a friendly, outgoing and inquisitive uncle. He loves to experience anything once. Just see this picture for proof. Yes, that is Uncle Gerry jumping off the pier.

So Uncle Gerry is learning how to bargain as he backpacks through Thailand. So excited by his success negotiating for his elephant carving, Uncle Gerry is on a bit of a roll.

A successful purchase by Uncle Gerry.

A successful purchase by Uncle Gerry.

Traipsing through a Thai village, something catches Uncle Gerry’s eye.

A broom on a porch.

He ponders for a second, and approaches, ready for his second round of negotiations.

As he enters the “store”, he meets a Thai woman, a little bewildered. 

She looks at him with broom in hand. He then looks around. A little puzzled to see some people laying on mattresses on the floor, a kitchen table set and nothing else for sale, he wonders why.

Surprised as she sizes up the broom handling situation, she relents; motioning he can have her broom if he wants.

What?!!!

Realizing he has taken the lady’s broom right off her porch and walked directly into her house, he embarrassingly offers her some money.

Bewildered, she says no, and gratefully and a little red-faced, Uncle Gerry walks out with her broom!

I imagine Uncle Gerry and his new-found broom were the topic of a few Thai tales that evening.

The infamous broom hands on Uncle Gerry's wall still today.

The infamous broom hangs on Uncle Gerry’s wall still today.

(As a side note, Jade reminded me that Uncle Gerry has a history of taking things that are not his! Apparently desperate to swim with his niece, he “borrowed” some swim trunks from the lost and found so he could swim with her. Bewildered as well by his choice of wild trunks, she gratefully swam with Uncle Gerry, the best uncle a niece could ever have :))

And yes, here is a pic of Uncle Gerry to prove that. Asleep, Jade dresses Uncle Gerry up. Later on awake, he discovers he has been the victim of a Jade prank.  Always a good sport, everyone needs an Uncle Gerry for a good story.

Uncle Gerry asleep with no idea of his new outfit customized by his niece Jade.

Uncle Gerry asleep with no idea of his new outfit customized by his niece Jade.

This tale is from Cheryl who has OTD (obsessive travel disorder) and is either planning a trip, taking a trip or reading about someone else’s trip anytime of the day. I would love for you to follow along as I “travel” from A to Z this month.

Happy Travels,

Cheryl and The Family C

16 comments

  1. Sabrina A. Fish · April 2, 2015

    Ha! Such a fun story. I’m sure it’ll cause riots of laughter for many years to come. I look forward to hearing more of your travels. Stopping in from the A to Z trail.

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    • lovetotrav · April 2, 2015

      Hi, Thanks for dropping by. I am glad you enjoyed it. I will drop in and see what you are up to as well. Happy A to Zing, Cheryl

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  2. Cheryl Wright · April 2, 2015

    What a great and funny story that will be passed down through the years. . Everyone should have an Uncle Gerry!

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    • lovetotrav · April 2, 2015

      Thanks so much for reading it. We do agree that our Uncle Gerry is pretty special. I will pass it onto him. Cheryl

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  3. johnmarkmiller · April 2, 2015

    These are such funny memories! I think Uncle Gerry needs his own television show!

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  4. OMG, too funny! I love Uncle Gerry already. I hope that broom has pride of place in his home. Cheers!

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    • lovetotrav · April 2, 2015

      Yes, you have to love the Uncle Gerrys of the world. He hangs it proudly on his wall in his house. Always has. Brings a chuckle when he reflects on it. Cheryl

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  5. patgarcia · April 2, 2015

    Hi,
    you come out of a family that loves to explore the world. That motivates and encourages. Even though your destination is yet to come, I believe you will adjust and learn to love it.
    Nice post.
    Shalom,
    Patricia at Everything Must Change

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    • lovetotrav · April 2, 2015

      Thank you so much Patricia for dropping by and for your comment. It will take time but the overall rewards will outweigh the challenges, I believe. Have a great day, Cheryl

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  6. legreene515 · April 2, 2015

    This made me laugh out loud. I can’t believe he took her broom! She was probably scared of him. Uncle Gerry sounds great.

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    • lovetotrav · April 2, 2015

      Yes, Uncle Gerry is great and usually is the creator of many funny stories. I could have probably done my entire A to Z on him. Thanks for dropping by, Cheryl

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  7. Rhonda Albom · April 2, 2015

    I can’t believe he kept the broom. He deserves the pink hat. What a funny story. Thanks for sharing it.

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    • lovetotrav · April 2, 2015

      Yes, she insisted when she realized he had wanted to buy it so he felt he should take it then. Have a great day, Cheryl

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  8. njmagas · April 2, 2015

    Oh my goodness that has to be one of the best travel stories I’ve ever heard. That poor woman! XD I’d be weirded out if some stranger walked into my house and asked for my brook! XP

    N J Magas, author

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    • lovetotrav · April 2, 2015

      I know it is one strange story. We couldn’t believe it because it happened so quickly. Before we knew it, he had the broom in his hand and was inside. But funny 🙂 Cheryl

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